|The Dodgers and Yankees have discussed a Wilson Betemit-for-Scott Proctor trade for weeks, and they finally completed it on Tuesday, making it the first significant deal of Deadline Day.|
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|Betemit, 25, also was involved in a deadline deal last year, when Atlanta traded him to Los Angeles for Danys Baez, Willy Aybar and cash considerations. Betemit never has claimed an everyday job, but he has the potential to do so. He’s a switch-hitter who’s more effective lefthanded, and he offers power and the ability to play a solid third base. He’s another option for the Yankees at first base and DH, and he could replace Alex Rodriguez at the hot corner next year if A-Rod departs via free agency. Betemit, who’s hitting .231/.359/.474 with 10 homers and 26 RBIs in 84 games and 156 at-bats, will be arbitration-eligible for the first time after this season. He’s a career .263/.338/.441 hitter in 372 games. |
Proctor, a 30-year-old righty, also is familiar with moving at the trade deadline. The Dodgers sent him to the Yankees in 2003 as part of the payment for Robin Ventura. Proctor is know mostly for his mid-90s fastball and his resilience, as he led the American League with 83 appearances in 2006 and ranks fourth with 52 this year. He has gone 2-5, 3.81 with a 37-29 K-BB ratio, a .257 opponent average and eight homers allowed in 54 innings. Proctor, who like Betemit will be first-time arbitration-eligible after 2007, has a 11-10, 4.29 lifetime record in 190 games.
|The trade adds needed depth for both clubs. Betemit will help pump up an abysmal Yankees bench, while Proctor gives the Dodgers added bullpen insurance in case Takashi Saito’s shoulder stiffness becomes more serious.|